First, a side note on guilt: it’s not good. It’s bad for you. So, stop it.
Second, if you do struggle with the demands of feeding your children healthy-things-like-acidopholus-and-antioxidants, then welcome to MY world. Here’s the thing… I know what I SHOULD be putting on my kids’ plates everyday — lean protein, whole grains and something like 8 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables, according to the new USDA plate-shaped thingy. OK, by the way, who has room in their actual stomach for 8 to 13 fruit and vegetable servings per day? Certainly not me OR my kids.
I have a friend, who regularly feeds her kids almond butter, salmon, low-fat Greek yoghurt and organic carrots. I feel guilty (not allowed) every time I watch her kids eat. I, on the other hand, sometimes serve my kids cereal for breakfast… or maybe an egg. I also attempt to make them eat at least 1 fruit or vegetable at lunch and at dinner. I sometimes buy organic, but I also sometimes buy Dr. Pepper. I also FORGET to feed my kids breakfast or lunch sometimes, because I forget to feed MYSELF. Yes, I’m one of those people.*
So, this is my confession: I am NOT the Martha Stewart of food planning and preparation when it comes to family meals. That’s why I love easy, simple, healthy foods that don’t take a lot of planning. Some of the foods I lean on are snap peas or baby carrots in a bag, healthy protein bars, all-natural mixed nuts and apples. I also like some of our sponsor’s healthy offerings like sweet thai chili popchips and healthy nut butters from earth balance. I can QUICKLY hand my child a bag of sour cream popchips or earth balance coconut & peanut spread on a cracker with NO guilt and NO planning. Actually, if I’m honest, this is one reason I pursued these companies to sponsor Channelmom — so I could recommend their products to moms and kids with a clear conscience!
So, if you ARE a Martha Stewart — regularly whipping up fresh bowls of organic mixed berries with organic, low-fat milk in crystal fruit cups as an after school snack — then God bless you. But, if you’re more like me and sometimes let your kids have chocolate milk and cheese puffs for breakfast, then God bless you too. Perhaps, together, we can try to insert some of the healthier and convenient food stuffs I listed above and be guilt-free moms with smiling children.
*Note: I am not cavalier about my kids’ health. We do exercise a lot in our family and are basically all fit and healthy.